I would have first encountered Robert Quarry over at my cousin's house - I was spending the night and we were up late half watching an old vampire movie on Showtime - it was something called The Return of Count Yorga - and it seemed really creepy - but we were playing a board game or something with it on in the background - but the movie definitely had some imagery that threatened me with nightmares later that night.
|Here's one of my nightmares now!|
I next encountered Robert Quarry in another horror sequel - this time it was Dr. Phibes Rises Again - which I was watching on the CBS Late Movie. In that one he's the antagonist trying to prevent our antihero - the title character played with great panache by Vincent Price - from finding the Egyptian fountain of youth - which Phibes plans to use to resurrect his late wife. I won't tell you how it comes out - but one of them is singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" over the end credits...
A few years later Quarry started to show up in a lot of direct to video genre movies - and it was always great to see him. He had effortless charisma and could even make you halfway like his most despicable characters. Some of the many titles he appeared in include The Tomb, The Phantom Empire, L.A. Bounty, Cyclone, and Evil Toons.
Check out some Robert Quarry when you can!
|Robert Quarry (November 3, 1925- February 20, 2009)|
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